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JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Induction Blender – A Xmas Must

I don’t normally get too excited by products, but I have to make an exception in this case.

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To give you some background, the first e-book I wrote was mainly on fat loss and that’s when I took an interest in smoothies and juices due to their versatility, convenience, time saving and health promoting aspects.

I therefore embarked upon the search for a blender to start developing smoothie recipes with a view to creating a smoothie book for family nutrition. However the blender I purchased was the high end blender, The Boss by Sage by Heston Blumenthal, which simply couldn’t perform some of the tasks I needed to be able to develop this recipe book for smoothies. It was a let down on many fronts e.g. making nut butters, the blender jug moves while mounted on the base.

I was therefore spending a fortune on nut butters while testing and developing the recipes. Coincidentally I received a juicer as a birthday present; the JR 8000S juicer from Juicy Retreats, which I have been really impressed with. See here.

In my quest for a solution to the blender problem, I turned to the Juicy Retreats website and noticed a new generation of blenders including the JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Induction blender.

After some extremely positive comments/feedback, I decided to give this blender a bash, albeit reluctantly after my previous disappointment.

Well for the past few weeks since receiving the blender, I have found my new “toy” of choice.

My first task was to make nut butter using the cyclone jug, which is a revelation and is only offered by one other blender company. Macadamia and raw almond butter in about 30 seconds, using the pre-set Grind/Sauce programme. A nice heaped teaspoon of each separately was subsequently added to the large blender jug, resulting in two silky, creamy smoothies namely “Banana and Macadamia Mania and “Pear, Chocolate & Ginger”. Delicious!

I can now see my smoothie book coming to fruition after all. My renewed faith has given me the impetus to finish the book and hopefully secure a publishing deal, thanks to this latest addition to the blender market.

I also wanted to offer healthy ice creams in the book as a way of enticing kids who may take some getting used to the smoothie idea; once again the JR induction blender excelled; fresh pecan maple ice cream (no sugar) in 90 seconds. Delicious!

But the compliments don’t stop there;this feat of engineering was so quiet when I first used it, I immediately thought there was something wrong. Not so fast; this welcomed feature, especially after the jumbo jet blender of the past is actually a product of the brushless technology, making the JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Induction blender unique to the blender market.

Furthermore, I contacted the customer service rep on their website before acquiring the blender to ask more about the brushless technology. The chap was informative and prompt and told me that with a brushed motor like a Vitamix or Blendtec for example, lots of power is used to create an rpm of approx 40,000, this will then drop to approx 15,000 rpm during the blend when the blades are in contact with the food. With the JR blenders’ brushless induction technology, the high tech blades will maintain a constant 25,000 rpm even when in contact with the food; the bottom line is that you get a better blend, resulting in better results. Last, but not least, brushless induction is also more reliable.

The digital touch panel and touch slider screen also make it relatively unique. Both features endow this blender with modern finesse, to complement the aesthetic elegance and robust build design as evidenced by the company’s 10 year motor and 7 year parts domestic warranty combined with a one year commercial warranty, making it fairly unique to the market.

I loved the hot drinks function; fresh soup (sweet potato and macadamia nut butter I previously  made using the pre-set Grind/Sauce programme), made in about six minutes and more importantly, healthy and filling soup with most of the nutrients preserved, thanks to a low heat blending process; the only heat generated comes from blade induced friction.

All plastic parts are BPA free, which is a big plus since BPA is a well known carcinogen.

Finally, it is easy to clean; just add a small dash of washing up liquid and a couple of cups of water, and run on the Total Juice cycle.

If you are looking for that life changing product either for you or your family, maybe for Christmas or to kick start your New Year’s resolutions, then look no further than this new generation blender.

Remember 80% of health and weight loss is attributed to diet and not hours in the gym.

Forget the big screen TV’s, ipads and iphones this Christmas, and take your health to a new level by treating yourself and your family to the JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Induction blender.

After all, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver” – Mahatma Ghandi

Although this blender is not cheap, it is a step up in class and performance to any other blender I have came across. You get a lot of machine for your money and in my opinion, money well spent.

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Prescription drugs: A major cause of diabetes

We all know that prescription drugs come with a variety of side effects in some people. Things like tummy upsets, constipation, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness and nausea are fairly common. Read more

What most of us don’t think about when handed a prescription by our doctor is that the medicine could set us on the path towards metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Yet, that is the shocking truth; not for some rarely prescribed drug for a condition you’ve never heard of, but for whole classes of commonly prescribed medications that together make up the vast majority of prescriptions written in the UK.

Two major recent studies showed that statins, the world’s best-selling drugs, were clearly implicated in increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Statins block the production of cholesterol in the liver, but in doing so they also block the production of a related substance called dolichol, which has an important role in sugar metabolism and insulin sensitivity. The sad fact is that, while they increase the risk of diabetes, statins actually do little or nothing to reduce the risk of a heart attack, the reason they were prescribed in the first place.

A class of frequently prescribed steroid drugs called glucocorticoids (such as prednisolone) are also known to affect blood sugar control and lead to type 2 diabetes. The medical community is well aware of “steroid diabetes” as a condition that arises in people who have to take these drugs for an extended period, such as kidney transplant patients. But if your GP prescribes you a glucocorticoid for your asthma, eczema or irritable bowel syndrome, you may not be warned of this risk. Glucocorticoids raise blood sugar levels by promoting insulin resistance in the liver and muscle cells. At higher doses, they also impair the function of insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas, reducing the release
of insulin.

Beta blockers
Another mainstay of drug based medicine, beta blockers are used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including high blood pressure, angina, abnormal heart rhythm, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, anxiety and migraine. These drugs not only increase blood sugar levels in those who don’t have diabetes, but may worsen blood sugar control in people with diabetes and also blunt the warning symptoms when hypoglycaemia occurs. A massive study involving nearly 20,000 patients established a clear connection between the use of older beta blocker drugs, such as atenolol and type 2 diabetes.

Several studies have linked the long term use of antidepressants, one of the most frequently prescribed kinds of medication in the UK, with a raised risk of type 2 diabetes. All types of antidepressants, including tricyclic and SSRIs, are implicated. A recent major study, which examined the health data of more than 168,000 people, concluded that, even after adjusting for weight gain (a common side effect of antidepressants), people taking these drugs had an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes.

The list goes on and on…..

Other classes of drugs have also been linked with raised blood sugar levels, metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes.

They include:

  • Blood pressure drugs, which a long term study found was associated with new onset diabetes in 20% of patients who took them and with a consequent increased risk of heart attack and stroke in these patients.
  • Diuretics, particularly the thiazide type, which reduce blood potassium levels and interfere with the release of insulin by the pancreas.
  • Mood stabilisers, such as clozapine, quetiapine and risperidone, which have been found to cause metabolic syndrome, including raised blood sugar and blood fat levels, abdominal obesity and high blood pressure.
  • Anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate (Epilim), which is often also prescribed for bipolar disorder and can interfere with the mechanism by which cells take up glucose, leading to raised blood sugar levels.

I get the feeling we have only just scratched the surface and that prescription drugs could turn out to be a significant factor in the worldwide epidemic of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Big Pharma must be well aware of this, but why would they tell anybody about it when sales of anti-diabetic drugs are such a big earner for them?

If you already have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, it is vital that you are aware of the damage that the drugs mentioned above could do to your blood sugar control. Ask your doctor how any medications you are taking could affect your glucose metabolism (doubt he will know). Sometimes it is a case of weighing one risk against another, but often there are safer drugs or non-drug alternatives that can be just as effective. Just don’t stop any medication without letting your doctor know.

NB Do not follow Diabetes UK or the American Diabetes Association’s recommendations for diabetes control; they are highly flawed due to vested or conflicting interests.